What is Robotic Surgery?
In the past, surgical procedures could only be performed through large incisions. These open incisions provided the surgeon with enough visibility and access to the organs or tissues in question. Unfortunately, this surgical approach also resulted to long recovery times, increased discomfort from tissue damage, and other post-surgical complications. With the development and introduction of laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgery, however, much of the traditional surgical approach has changed.
Robot-assisted procedures utilize tiny robotic arms to access tissues and organs within the body. Instead of requiring large incisions to access the surgical site, the robotic arms are able to fit through tiny “keyhole” incisions that are only centimeters in length. Through these tiny incisions, the physician performs the surgery with the guidance of a state-of-the-art camera and monitoring system. The robotic arms have a greater range of motion than the surgeon’s hand and are able to filter out any hand tremors.
These advanced robotic procedures can be used for a variety of surgical applications, from an appendectomy (removal of the appendix) to a hysterectomy. When performed by an experienced robotic surgeon, the patient can experience a variety of benefits over traditional surgical procedures, including:
- Less scarring due to smaller incisions and reduced tissue damage
- Reduced recovery times from the increased precision of the robotic arms
- Less risk of infection and blood loss due to the creation of only the tiniest of incisions
- Shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery when compared with open surgical procedures
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of robot-assisted surgical procedures, contact the medical experts at Riverside Community Hospital. Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line is staffed by experienced nurses that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your health questions and refer you to specialty physicians in the Riverside community. Call today at (951) 788-3000.